I just joined this forum here because I needed a place to start to get some information, and who has more information on kids than Moms!
My son Thomas is a twin, and he is 14 years old. He is very well behaved most of the time, and he is very smart. I homeschool him and his brother, because was having problems getting along with other kids. There was a lot of taunting and teasing, even thugh Thomas is not overly awkward, but acts a little different than other kids. One boy kept teasing Tomas until Thpmas punched him, and he was suspended for it.
Anyway, I always knew Thomas was a bit quirky, but in the last year I have noticed some strange things. He started to snap his fingers when he walks and can't seem to stop doing it, even though he tries. He has always whispered sentences under his breath after speaking them. I have always thought he would grow out of this, but he hasn't, and he does it worse when he is nervous.
So I mentioned this to a good friend who just happens to be a family councilor, thank you Jesus! She told me to look up the symptoms of high functioning Autism. I looked up the symptoms and my son has 90% of the symptoms of Aspbergers Syndrome. I have only talked to my husband and my oldest daughter, who is 18, but haven't talked abou it with my twins yet. I don't want Thomas to be self conscious or upset over it, and I can gaurantee it will upset him.
So my question is, should I get him diagnosed? Will it really make any difference? He is not a problem at home, and is such a sweet, loving child that cares so much for others. He is also a dream to homeschool because he is so smart. I have books of comics he has written and drawn, starting at 5 years old. He also wrote his first novel at 12 years old and now is working on computer animation. Brag, brag, brag, I know. :) But I am so very proud of him. He does have a little awkwardness making friends. In fact, he has no firiends outside of family. His twin brother is a god-send, because he picks up on his social cues, I believe.
But as he gets older, I just need to know what would be best for my Thomas. What would you Moms say would be my next step? Thank you for any help!